[Ip-health] World Intellectual Property Day Webinar on Patents and Pharmaceuticals, April 26.

Ujjwal Kumar ujjumish at hotmail.com
Wed Apr 24 07:02:54 PDT 2019

We would be highly obliged, if you can circulate the following information about the webinar "Patents and Pharmaceuticals" on the ip-health mailing list.


Ujjwal Kumar

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Under a market-based system, it is well established that the private sector is uniquely dependent on patent protection in order to generate pharmaceutical innovation. This is because, in absence of patent exclusivity, entry of other players becomes easy, consequently letting the price drop to marginal cost. In such a scenario where innovators fail to recoup their investment it can result in under-investment in pharmaceutical R&D. However, patent protection lasts for 20 years from the date of application, and market exclusivity for a typical patented medicine could range from 8-12 years (US studies). If a medicine is the only or even the best treatment for a disease condition, patent protection may become an obstacle to affordable access, especially in less developed countries where health insurance or other coverage to access such medicines is non-existent or very poor. How can society square this circle? Many have suggested the use of TRIPS flexibility, including compulsory licences; others suggest differential or tiered pricing; yet others suggest new R&D models that delink costs from prices. The expert will discuss the pros and cons of each of these options.

Topic: Patents and Pharmaceuticals
Date:   Friday, 26th April 2019
Time:  02:00-03:00 PM IST / 08:30-09:30 AM GMT



Jayashree Watal
Counsellor, Intellectual Property Division,
World Trade Organization

Ms. Watal is Counsellor in the Intellectual Property Division of the World Trade Organization from February 2001, where she has dealt with negotiations on TRIPS and public health. She has more than twenty two years of experience in government in India, of which ten years was devoted to policy, diplomacy, research and administration on intellectual property rights, including representing India in the TRIPS negotiations. She has researched and published on issues related to intellectual property rights, including a book Intellectual Property Rights in the WTO and Developing Countries (Oxford University Press, India and Kluwer Law International, 2001).



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